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Neil MacPherson began studying piano at the age of seven in Denver, Colorado. He became a professional musician at thirteen, and by eighteen he had toured Europe, Canada, and the U.S. He continued his education at University of Northern Colorado where he majored in Piano Performance and was active in the jazz and rock scene.
Moving to Los Angeles upon graduation, MacPherson enrolled in the UCLA Extensions program, where he studied song writing and music business from industry professionals. In 2000, he moved to San Diego and founded the band Tubby, who won the Worldfolk National Battle of the Bands in Las Vegas, Nevada in early 2006 and were one of the top eight finalists on NBC’s Star Tomorrow program.
In 2008, MacPherson released an album of solo piano works entitled Solace. In various projects, he has appeared onstage with Bobby McFerrin, Marc Ford (Black Crowes, Allman Brothers), John Popper (Blues Traveler), and DJ Bonebrake (X). He has opened for Blue Oyster Cult, Common Sense, Fishbone, Joan Jett, and Jason Bonham, among others.